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Author & Radio Personality Shirley Strawberry to Host Mother’s Day Kentucky-Derby Hatwalk


Non-profit volunteer-vacation organization T.R.I.P. (Travel. Rebuild. Inspire. Progress.) announces its second annual fundraiser, the Derby Brunch Hatwalk®, convening metro Atlanta’s mothers, girlfriends, sisters and aunts for a high-style, hat affair. The event features Celebrity Emcee Shirley Strawberry, co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show and author of The Strawberry Letter-Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy. The Derby Brunch Hatwalk is one of

Shirley Strawberry

the primary fundraisers supporting T.R.I.P.’s mission in connecting professionals through volunteer-vacation excursions designed to help rebuild and revitalize distressed African-American communities across the U.S. This year’s event is being held Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a day of exquisite food selections, live jazz music, fashion and fun, including prizes awarded for the most creative hat.

“The Derby Brunch Hatwalk is an opportunity for women of all walks of life to come together in the true spirit of sisterhood, style and service,” says Corliss Hill, Co-Founder and Executive Director of T.R.I.P. “This ladies affair is a fantastic way to meet new friends and service-minded women while looking fabulous for a cause dedicated to revitalizing communities in despair here in Atlanta and across the country.” Attendees will enjoy a variety of Kentucky Derby-inspired experiences while relishing in the beautiful  ambiance of the Villa Christina venue.

Derby Brunch Hatwalk tickets include such highlights as:

  • Live music from jazz ensemble “Sol Factor Band”
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception in the Garden
  • Delicious Buffet Lunch
  • Shopping Marketplace with local vendors
  • Commemorative Souvenir Photo
  • Door Prizes
  • Hatwalk Giveaway
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
Attendees at the 1st Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk, 2011

Launched in November 2006, T.R.I.P. began when childhood friends Corliss Hill and Tabeier S.Hamilton invited a group of their family and friends to travel with them to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. What began as a birthday weekend getaway turned into a week-long community service project with more than 30 people coming together to aid in post-recovery and clean-up activities. To date, T.R.I.P. has completed projects in distressed neighborhoods such as Miami’s Little Haitiand Miami Gardens. With the advent of tornado season in much of the nation, T.R.I.P. seeks to raise funds to ready their volunteer team of professionals to rally to the aid of communities needing rebuilding assistance.


Event tickets to the 2nd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk are $55 per person and are available for purchase at http://derbyhatwalk.eventbrite.com. For more information on T.R.I.P. or to arrange interview Shirley Strawberry or T.R.I.P. co-founder Corliss Hill, please contact Tori Allen via email tallen@brainchildassociates.com or 678-884-4008 ext. 701.

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About T.R.I.P

The mission of T.R.I.P. is to travel to low-income, predominantly African-American cities in the U.S. to rebuild communities and inspire hope to help improve and progress the quality of life for African-American families. T.R.I.P. partners with local residents, community development corporations, civic and community groups and faith-based organizations to carry out its mission. Projects may include building new homes, rehabilitating housing, renovating recreational parks and/or community facilities, planting community gardens, cleaning up neighborhoods and debris from natural disasters, repurposing abandoned lots and assisting Community Development Corporations with existing projects. For more information, visit www.TRIPusa.org.

 About Shirley Strawberry

One of the most recognizable names and voices in radio today, Shirley Strawberry was dubbed “The Best Voice in Radio” by Steve Harvey. She is the co-host of one of today’s biggest, nationally syndicated radio morning shows in the country with nearly eight million listeners.Her career in radio started in the mid-80s at Chicago’s WCGI-FM as the co-host of the Doug Banks Show. By the early 90s, Shirley’s local popularity had soared enough to pique the interest of Hollywood radio where she began working at 92.3 The Beat, KKBT-FM, in Los Angeles where she quickly built a loyal fan base. In 2000, the radio mogul, Cathy Hughes (Radio-One), took over the station. Among other huge deals they propositioned, Shirley was offered the job as Steve Harvey’s co-host. Today, more than a decade later, Shirley has sat side by side with Steve Harvey while the country fell in love with “the voice” of Shirley Strawberry and the wisdom she imparts during the show’s Strawberry Letter segment. Each week day, during this segment, Shirley and Steve offer honest advice to listeners who have sent in letters concerning life’s challenges. The radio segment grew to be so successful that Shirley was asked to write a book based on the letters from the show. Shirley recently won the 2012 NAACP Image Award as New Debut Author.


Picture Recap

Check out more pics from the 2nd Annual Derby Hat Walk!! Check all of the fab hats!!!

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